They can be activated at any time during camp, but must be back in action for the opener or they will be forced to miss the first six regular season games.
"I really can't predict the future, man," Ridley said Thursday. "I just know that, for me, I've got to be ready for Week 1. That's the goal right now. I'm not going to set myself up for any false hope or say that I'm going to do something that I'm not. What I will say is I'm working hard. I've just got to make sure that I'm 100 percent healthy, and that when I do hit the field, I'm making an impact."
Ridley is trying to recover from a torn ACL in his knee, which he suffered last season. He said the knee is feeling well and he's making progress on a daily basis.
"Right now at this point in time, just taking it one day at a time," he said. "From the time I got here to now, I can definitely see the improvement. I've still got a lot of work to do. I'm just trying to make sure I'm putting myself in position to help this team out when the season rolls around."
Ridley is trying to comeback from a torn ACL, while Milliner is recovering from a torn Achilles. Milliner has not been cleared to participate in team drills.
Ridley, who tore his ACL last October, managed two 100-yard performances for New England before getting sidelined. He peaked in 2012 with 1,263 yards on 290 carries.
Former Patriots running back
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Ridley is signing a contract with the
Ridley's best season came in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. He only ran for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 with his season ending early due to a torn ACL. Ridley will join a backfield with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
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